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Institute of Advanced Motorists And Motorcyclists

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The freedom of riding your bike is one life’s great pleasures and is something to be encouraged.

But regardless of whether you’re new to the bike, returning after a break or have many years experience, our advanced riding courses can make you a better rider and bring even greater enjoyment to your ride.

Advanced Riding Courses

Why become an advanced rider?

The statistics speak for themselves – in a recent IAM study, participants said that after joining the IAM and completing the Skills for Life course:

Getting started

It all starts with a quick call or email to Helen, our Group Secretary, to register your interest.

Alternatively, we meet almost every Sunday morning at St Michaels Street petrol station at 10am – please pop along for a chat to one of our observers to find out more about joining up as an associate member.


Email – dumfries@groups.iam.org.uk

Call – 07707 035518

The demonstration drive was interesting, and I have to admit I thought, “but I drive like this anyway, more or less”. Then came the first observed drive, and the feedback, and the uncomfortable revelation that my driving wasn’t perfect
after all!

Over the next few weeks, with infinite patience and great skill, my Observer observed, commented, guided and praised until “The System” slowly dawned, came together, made sense. Right speed, right position, right gear, right frame
of mind. Careful observation worn like a seat belt. Searching for the perfect gear change, the precise steering movement, finesse in everything. Learning to predict traffic behaviour like a motoring psychic.

When I successfully completed the test, I was really pleased, and knew I had achieved something important. But of course this was still near the bottom of the learning curve.

This is without doubt one of the best decisions I have made, and has not only improved my driving, but also my attitude in the driving seat. In a paradoxical way, greater awareness of the sometimes strange and irrational behaviour of others can actually result in a more tolerant attitude. And certainly greater insight into one’s own driving makes for a safer and more relaxed experience. – David


- Interesting - David
 
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